Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explain when women should start getting checked for colon cancer and the potentially lifesaving importance of screenings.">

Mar 23, 2018 ā€” Colorectal cancer affects 1 in 24 women in the United States. On today's Health Minute, women's expert Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explain when women should start getting checked for colon cancer and the potentially lifesaving importance of screenings.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: A common misconception about colon cancer is that it only affects men. Well, that's not actually true. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, what should women know about colon cancer?

Dr. Jones: The important thing for women is to recognize that screening can actually save lives. It's important if you have a family history that you get screened early, before 50. But if you don't have a family history, you should still get screened with a colonoscopy at 50, and then sometime in your 60s and 70s. It's very important to recognize the signs, which means blood in your stool or a smaller caliber of your stool or having difficulty having a bowel movement. Most important thing is that screening and early detection saves lives and women. It's not a men's disease. It's a woman's disease too. Be sure to get screened.

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